Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems
Education & Experience:
I received a PhD in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Services and Policy Research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, an MA in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Writing from Stephen F. Austin State University. Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor at UNTHSC, I was employed in the private sector healthcare industry. I worked at Magellan Health, Inc., in a variety of analytic and research-related roles, including Senior Analytics and Health Outcomes Scientist, Lead Informatics Analyst, Lead Data Mining and Statistics Analyst, Quality Improvement Study Manager, and Statistics and Research Specialist.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I am interested in the intersection of public health and private sector healthcare systems and practice. I have over 15 years of experience analyzing administrative data in the private healthcare sector, and I am always looking for opportunities to apply that knowledge to advance public health initiatives or evaluate the impact of public health programs. My teaching areas include health services research, health management and health policy. I am currently mentoring doctoral students who are using administrative data to examine public health issues and outcomes.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am a member of AcademyHealth, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Texas Public Health Association. I received the Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Research in 2017.
When working in the private sector I examined issues related to comorbid behavioral health and physical health conditions as well as quality of and access to care. My work in these areas is continuing now that I am in academia. I am currently conducting research identifying patient and system characteristics associated with adherence to certain National Committee for Quality Assurance HEDIS measures. Additionally, I am exploring the relationship between behavioral health issues and potentially preventable hospitalizations. Beginning in September 2017, I will be joining the Institute for Patient Safety at UNTHSC as part of a multidisciplinary team focused on identifying and addressing the risks associated with medical treatment in order to improve patient outcomes.
I am also co-investigator for the UNTHSC site of the CDC’s Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC). In this role I am partnering with physicians, pharmacists and other public health researchers in mining administrative and nationally representative health survey data to quantify the latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) care continuum, including identifying and measuring testing and treatment already occurring in the private sector healthcare system. In doing so, we are shedding light on the potential to advance domestic tuberculosis elimination by increasing well-targeted LTBI testing and treatment by private sector healthcare providers.
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